A Novel

Book - 2013
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Attending summer camp as a boy, Erik Schroder-- a first generation East German immigrant-- adopts the name of Eric Kennedy, a fateful white lie that will set him on an improbable and ultimately tragic course.
Publisher: New York : Twelve, 2013.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9781455512133
Characteristics: 272 p. ;,22 cm.


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Jul 18, 2018

Schroder is an example of the phrase "You create your own reality". The author interjects the present story with bits of background of Schroder when he was young and immigrated to the US from Germany with his father. I didn't always get the connection of his past regarding the cause of his present situation. He takes on and becomes a new identity that produces a wife, job, and child. The more Schroder invents his alternate but present universe, the harder it is for him to turn back the clock and make other decisions. His "abduction" of his daughter leads to a reality Schroder is not ready to believe. The ease of flow and lyrical quality makes it an enjoyable read.

Mar 27, 2014

About a guy who kidnaps his daughter. He is very sympathetic but you understand why he should not be responsible for a child.

Jun 11, 2013

Disturbing book about a man and his relationships with those around him. Not a book I would recommend.

May 06, 2013

Schroder re-invents himself at the age of fourteen and never looks back. He changes his name and manufacturers a new family and a new history. Life is good, until it isn't. Bewildered he continues on until he has dug himself into an inextricable hole. Lots to think about in this story - family, nature or nurture, communication - but possibly for Schroder the biggest question might be, is love all you really need. Really enjoyed the story and I found the writing to be fantastic.

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